Guided tours about slavery offered Saturday at Historic Brattonsville

January 27, 2014 


Story time

Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Lake Wylie Public Library. For 3- to 5-year-olds and their caregivers. No registration required.


Guided tours

By Way of the Back Door: The Enslaved at Brattonsville, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays in February, Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells. Guided tours focus on three generations of slavery from 1780-1865, along with ongoing activities throughout the day. Tours will include stops at Colonel Bratton’s house, the slave cabins, the Brick Kitchen and the Homestead. Interpreters will tell the story about Watt and lead visitors to the slave cemetery to ponder upon his marble tombstone, a rare tribute for a slave, erected by the Brattons in honor of his patriotic services in the Battle of Huck’s Defeat. Admission: adults, $6; seniors, $5; youth ages 4-17, $3. 803-684-2327;


Learn Spanish

Conversational Spanish For English Speakers, 6 p.m. Mondays, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road. Forget high school Spanish class. No verbs will be conjugated here. This class will help you learn everyday Spanish. To register: 704-416-6800;


Flights’ exhibit

Tony DiGiorgio’s “Travels and Flights of Fancy” exhibit, through Feb. 16, Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. DiGiorgio’s artistic approach creates striking imagery that provides viewers with an introduction to the possibilities of photography in the digital age. Showing concurrently to DiGiorgio’s work in the Dalton Gallery are works by Dana Shelby in the Perimeter Gallery, and Matt Horick and Caleb Sauls in the Edmund Lewandowski Classroom Gallery. 803-328-2787;

First cultures

“The First Carolinians: The Life & Times of the First Cultures in the Palmetto State,” through March 1, Fort Mill History Museum, 310 N. White St., Fort Mill. 803-802-3646,

Art and Orchids

Arts and Orchids exhibit, through March 23, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. The garden has paired thousands of its orchids with the works by North Carolina artist Rick Lazes. “The World is Bending” is made up of large shapes made of wood or metal, that Lazes says make a social statement about the changes and challenges that people around the world are encountering during the early part of the 21st century. “Liquid Art” showcases colorful acrylic sculptures melted into obscure shapes. These pieces are painted with incredible detail. The pieces will be available for purchase. Orchid arrangements will complement the art. The garden will offer classes on how to grow and care for orchids at home from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 1 and March 1. Each workshop costs $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers, plus a $25 materials fee. Photographing Orchids will be held 9:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 16 with instructor Dave Kelly. The exhibits are free with garden admission $12 adults, $11 seniors 60 and older, and $6 children 4-12. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 704-825-4490;

Photo exhibition

“Bearing Witness: The New York Photo League and Sonia Handelman Meyer,” through June 29, Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. Made up of about 100 photographs from Photo League members.


Trio concert

Poinsett Piano Trio in concert, 8 p.m. Feb. 6, Arts at the Abbey, Belmont. Program includes “Fauré: Trio,” “Op. 120” and “Brahms: Trio in B major, Op. 8.” Founded in 2008, the trio consists of pianist David Gross, violinist Deirdre Hutton and cellist Christopher Hutton. Admission is free. Donations accepted.

MS support

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meeting, 10 a.m. Feb. 8, The Cabin at Cathy Penson’s, 4474 Island Forks Road, Lake Wylie. Amber Ward, occupational therapy coordinator for the Department of Neurology at the MS Center on Edgehill Road in Charlotte, will discuss procedures to aid MS patients. To attend: 704-607-4950

Garden symposium

Ninth annual Joy of Gardening Symposium, March 1, Baxter Hood Center, York Technical College, Rock Hill. Seven experts – Joe Lamp’l, Barry Glick, Cory Tanner, Stephanie Turner, Keven Shanks, Paul Thompson and Rolf Mischker – will talk about “Five Biggest Mistakes in Our Gardens and How to Fix Them” to “Organic Pest Management.” Nearly 20 vendors will offer plants, gardening books, pottery, jewelry and other items during the event. Registration opens at 8 a.m. Cost: $50 fee includes lunch and drawings for door prizes. Registration deadline: Feb. 21. 704-443-1366;

Women’s conference

“Change Begins with Me” conference in support of Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 8, The Well-Agape International Ministries, 135 South Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. The Catawba Care event is free and participants will be provided with free breakfast, lunch, tote bags, T-shirts and gas cards. The conference will provide women with an opportunity to increase their awareness of women’s issues including HIV/AIDS and provide networking opportunity. Advance registration: Day-of registration available. 803-909-6363

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